Deck out the yard; adopt a snowman; get the holiday spirit

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By Jeff Moore

It’s clear that the holiday season has arrived in Carroll County.
The first real snow of the season fell Saturday, just as a number of Christmas events were held throughout the community.
I spent all day Saturday working at A Christmas Carroll, which inspired me to haul out the tree and start decorating our home on Sunday. My tree is up and the remaining Christmas decorations will be up by the end of this weekend.
Many other folks around the county got the notion earlier. They already have their homes, both inside and outside, and their yards decked out for Christmas.
On Saturday, I had a couple of people mention locations that have outstanding displays that they believe would look good in the newspaper.
With that in mind, my wife and I drove around Sunday night to look at lights around Carrollton. And there are a lot.
We want to recognize the creative efforts of our readers this year. The News-Democrat is sponsoring our outdoor decorations contest.
It’s simple. Take photos of your home and e-mail them to me between now and Dec. 15 for judging. We need to know your address and phone number and any description you would like to include.
All of the entries will be published on our website in a special holiday slide show at www.MyCarrollNews.com.
The one judged to be this year’s best will be featured in the newspaper. Members of the staff of the newspaper will judge the entries, so send us your best shots.
Once the best entry is selected, a member of our staff will take some photos of your lighting display to be published in the Dec. 22 issue.
I look forward to seeing all of the holiday decorations that I haven’t had the chance to see.

Snowmen downtown
If you prefer to put your talents into a crafts project, Carrollton Main Street Program is sponsoring its annual snowman-decorating contest.
Businesses and organizations that have adopted snowmen can get their frosty friends out to decorate for 2010. Main Street manager Sam Burgess said there are more blank snowmen available for adoption at $10 each. Call Burgess at (502) 732-5713 for more details.
The snowmen will be judged on Saturday, Dec. 18. The winner will receive a $50 prize.
I enjoy traveling through the downtown area to see snowmen.
When you’re out looking at the holiday decorations this year, be sure to come to downtown Carrollton to see both the snowmen and the holiday lights that outline the buildings.
In a project funded by Carrollton City Council, Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County Community Development Corporation and Main Street, the tops of the building on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets and those on either side of the courthouse square light up the night.

Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner and resides in Carrollton, Ky. He also serves as president of Carrollton Main Street program and as chairman of its promotions committee.